Distilling the art of breaking to its purest form, Raphael Xavier takes this popular, urban movement vocabulary to uncharted territory. Expanding both dancer and audience expectations, Xavier has forged an exceptional approach to improvisation, clearing the path for those interested in breaking as an art form. A multi-faceted Renaissance man who draws inspiration from his many talents in dance, music, photography, and writing, Xavier’s original works are a transcendent mix of poetry, precision and spontaneity. Raphael Xavier was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship and a USA Artist Fellowship for choreography in 2016, and a Pew Fellowship in 2013.
He has been a breaking practitioner since 1983, and is an active alumnus of the world-renowned hip-hop dance company, Rennie Harris Puremovement. Lauded by The Boston Globe as one of the “top 10 in the year of dance,” his newest work Point of Interest crackles with Xavier’s signature “bravado dance style” (Dance Magazine) and high-energy physicality. It follows a standard of traditional Breaking aesthetics and pushes the boundaries of this young culture and form. Sharing the stage with a multigenerational cast, performing a series of solos, duets and quintets, the leading hip-hop artist shines a light on the natural, humorous and at times painful change of the maturing breakdancer. Xavier’s goal is to open doors of possibility for hip hop dance and dancers, and to ambitiously continue to sustain his movement practice in the form.
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This event is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.
“The presentation of Raphael Xavier’s Point of Interest was made possible by the New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Dance Project, with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.”
This presentation of Raphael Xavier is supported by the Arts Midwest Touring Fund, a program of Arts Midwest that is funded by the National Endowment for the Arts, with additional contributions from Minnesota State Arts Board and the Crane Group.